A DAY IN THE LIFE- UPDATE

Good evening.

How are you doing? Hope everyone is enjoying their evening and had fun yesterday with World Mental Health Day.

My week has been great. Class is still fun, however I was shocked to find that my teacher didn’t give me a critical thinking question during my discussion post for this week. Also, I’m entering my final week of class, this journey is going by so fast. But I’m enjoying it. Hopefully, he’ll respond on Monday, I enjoy those questions now.

Health has been going good too. Thanks to Trulicity, my blood sugar is under control, and I’ve changed up my eating habits. I realize that I get thirsty in the mornings, so having my water bottle next to my bed has been a game changer. I’ve gotten better sleep on the weekends, still trying to get my full eight during the week, work in progress but that’s ok. I’ve been looking over my tracker and the only thing I still need to work on is a skincare routine.

During my health journey, I’ve noticed my face becoming more oily than usual. It’s time to create an effective skincare routine, continue to drink my water, and take better care of my skin. Also, I noticed I haven’t been good at taking my vitamins, so starting tomorrow, it’s back to taking the multivitamin, Life’s Fortune.

So some things have changed:

  • Better and longer sleep
  • Increased water intake
  • More cooking
  • Less eating out/less over-eating
  • More exercise

And here are the things I’m going to incorporate:

  • Take multivitamin
  • Start skincare
  • Do more journaling

I’ve been reading, and that’s helped with my screentime. But, I still manage to come back and endless scroll. Overall, this past week has been a good week.

Ok y’all, the medicine has kicked in and it’s time for me to call it a night. Sweet dreams!

Until next time…

❤️

MENTAL HEALTH UPDATE

Good morning.

We’re back to Friday, and it’s a little bit of cloudy start here in St. Louis, MO.

But that’s ok, it’s still going to be a beautiful day. Today’s post is going to be an update on my mental health. So rewind back to my doctor’s visit on September 24th. If you’re new to the blog, and would like to check out the post, click here. That day, was not only a wake-up call for me to get my physical health in check, but it was also a wake-up call that I needed to keep my mental health in check.

Sure, I watch my favorite self-care influencers, and videos of adorable puppies most of the day on YouTube (that will never go away until I get a fur baby of my own). But I’m still asking myself “Is it enough?” Well, fast forward to this week. There were some days that were mood boosters. For instance, Week 03 of class went awesome and I got the highest grade on both my discussion post and my rough draft for my final project, so I still have 100% in the class. I’m really enjoying my journey with Ashford, and taking these online classes because I love taking the time to engage with my teachers and my peers, whereas before I was so shy and nervous about saying anything in the posts because I was scared of what people would think of me.

Then, there were moments that caused my mental health to drop. As you know, I’m taking Trulicity over the course of three months to manage my diabetes. Long story short, I was stressing out because the pharmacy was taking forever to get my prescription ready. I was scared that I was going to have to wait longer than a week to get it. I think I had two mini panic attacks. Then, Mom reminded me yesterday to not let these things stress me out. It’s amazing how she can’t even hear it in my voice that she knows I’m stressing over the little things. But, I have it, and I’ve taken my pen so I’ll give you all an update on how that has been working out for me.

So, here is what I’ve learn about myself when it comes to my mental health:
• I worry about the things that I CAN’T control
• I don’t worry about the things that I CAN control
• I worry and stress too much which causes unhealthy habits to flare up
• I don’t capture the things that causes these triggers in time

Here is what I need to work on:
• Take time to understand what my anxiety feels like
• Catch my triggers
• Write these things down in a brain dump, mind map, or blog post
• Practice replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts

If I can rate my mental health over the past few weeks, on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being awesome, 1 being horrible), and I’m being completely honest with myself here, it’s been at a 7. I say a 7 due to the events that took place and the way they made me feel, but thanks to me getting back into working out again, the feeling doesn’t last long, and I’m focusing on other things again. I hope you all enjoyed this morning’s post, tune in next week for another mental health update.

I’ll check in with you all later.

Until next time…

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LIVING BY THE BOOK

Good afternoon.


It is Thursday already? These weeks are going by so fast.


As I mentioned in my last post, I was working on my goal to read more books for the year of 2020. Even though we only have three months left, I decided to start now, and carry my goal out into the following year. On my last entry, I mentioned that I was reading the book “The Power of Habit.” If you haven’t read that post, click here to check it out. I started reading it to help me improve my skills of keeping track of healthier habits, as well as improve on my personal development skills. Well, I have another book that I’ve been reading for my Quiet Time, and it is called “Living by the Book” by Howard G. Hendricks & William D. Hendricks.


Another thing I talk to you all about on this blog is my journey with my spiritual growth. Lately, I have improved on my Quiet Time, however I was have moments where I wasn’t sure I was grasping the lesson discussed during the reading. I heard about the book originally from the channel, Coffee and Bible Time on YouTube. One of the girls mentions that she uses the book as a guide during her Quiet Time sessions. She went into detail explaining how she would read the Bible, but wasn’t sure if she was full understanding the lesson and getting anything out of it. I started the book yesterday. Chapter 1 helped me understand where I was when it came to studying the Bible for myself. Let’s just say, I still have a long way to go on where I want to be and where God wants me to be on my faith walk.


After reading Chapters 1 and 2, it made me feel better that I made the decision to getting this book. I’m also going to be working on a special project for this month that I will share you all soon. I think you’ll enjoy it, and I hope it will help you as much as it helped me. I’ll keep you guys updated on how this book is going, what I’m learning from it, as well as my findings in “The Power of Habit.”


I’ll check in with you all later.


Until next time…

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THE POWER OF HABIT

Good morning.


One thing I love about the fall season, is that it’s the perfect time to get into reading. Curl up in your comfy chair, wrap up in a blanket, and dive into a good book.


Today’s post is about my reading challenge for October. The first book, “The Power of Habit” is the book I chose for personal growth. The book talks about how habits can have an impact on our everyday lives, healthy and unhealthy.


I started using the Fabulous app, which was a habit tracking app. At first, it was fun and cool to use. Unfortunately, I forgot that I had it, and slowly stopped using it, so I uninstalled it off my phone. But, I then went to my plan B.


I created a habit tracking page in Notion. If you haven’t heard of it, check it out in your app store. It helps with productivity, where you can create your own databases. For me, I use for both my personal life and for my passion projects, and it has been a game changer for me.


The habits I decided to focus on for this month are drinking water as soon as I wake up, have daily and nightly quiet time, practice skincare, be consistent with exercising, read 25 pages a day, and get more than 8 Hours of sleep. I thought that these were simple habits to practice for the month, and can make a difference in my health in the future.


After reading the first chapter of the book, I learned that individuals focused on one thing that helped them develop more healthy habits. I know, I have five, but they all came from the first habit I started on, which was drinking water as soon as I wake up in the morning.


I’ve never did this until the middle of September. I took even more seriously after my health scare two weeks ago. I do feel a difference in my body when I drink water first thing in the morning, I feel like I have a little more energy.


So today, I challenge you to focus on one habit, it can be for a week, a month, it can be for a year if your need a year. That’s ok. Start with one and see how many habits can impact your life over time. I’ll keep you all updated on how the book is going, and what I’m learning along the way.


Well, time for me to plan the rest of my day. I’ll check in with you all later.


Until next time…


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A BLESSING IN DISGUISE

Good morning.


I’m back after being away for four days. I spent the weekend at Mom’s again, due to having to do laundry, and spending some time with her and my niece, Haley.


Yesterday was a bit of a rocky start. Woke up, and my stomach decided to plan my morning out for me. 😖😣🤤🤢. Long story short, I knew I wasn’t going to make it through the work day.


After sleeping on and off until 10, I stayed in the front room and indulged in YouTube videos from Morgan Tracy J, Kaylin Nicholson, and watching reruns of adorable puppies 🐶 that I can watch all day. Most of the morning, I started planning things out for my Passion Projects, as well as knocked out my responses for school.


Then, I relaxed until five, and stayed in the zone for school until 11:30 last night. But, I think my stomach being upset was a blessing in disguise because it gave me time to relax and rest before I started taking on the daunting tasks of work and school. Also, I got to spend time with Dad once he got off of work.


I’m ok, and my blood sugar has been ok. I checked it today, and it was at 116 before eating which isn’t bad. It can (and will) be better so I’m still working on it and I’m in good spirits.


Just wanted to let you know that even when you don’t feel good, take that as a good thing. Your body is telling you that you’ve been working hard this week, and you need a break. Let’s take time to rest. So take advantage of those moments to either take things slow or just sleep all day. It’s ok, your body needs it. 😊


It’s Week 04, and I need to prepare myself for class soon. I’ll check in with you all later.


Until next time…

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A DAY IN THE LIFE- UPDATE

Good evening.


Hope everyone had a peaceful weekend, and are still enjoying this lovely Sunday.


I’m back in the comfort of my apartment, after spending the weekend with Mom and my niece, Haley.


It was fun, hanging out with the girls when I can, but I didn’t get anything done for school this weekend. Tomorrow will definitely be a hectic study session after I get off of work.


At least I got responses from both Mom and Dad to help me with my final project. But I don’t even have my outline finished for my paper. Crunch time!!!! But it felt good hanging out with Mom and Haley during my breaks. Tomorrow, I’ll get as much done for work as I can so I can get off and spend the rest of my day working on school and my other projects.


One of them, I took suggestions from my classmates in my previous courses. I can’t wait for you all to see it! Health has been ok, I didn’t do any workouts Friday, yesterday, or today. So Monday, I’ll try some new routines that can help me get my day started.


Well, time for me to plan my day out tomorrow so I can get things done. I’ll keep you posted.


Until next time…

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MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: OCTOBER 2020

Good morning.


We’re now in October. And it’s time for another monthly reflections. If you’re new, at the beginning of the month, I share with you all my dreams, goals, and things I want to work on for the entire month.


It’s autumn season, my favorite season. I love hoodies, leggings, my UGGs, and those pretty colors of the leaves changing. So all the fall vibes have inspired me to write today’s post. Here are my goals for the month of October:

AREAS TO WORK ON:
• Overall health
• Personal Growth
• Spiritual Growth
• Finances

GOALS:
• Create a vision board
• Have a fall outing with friends
• Document Fitober- blog series
• Read two books: personal development and fun
• Practice yoga stretches
• Declutter each room in the apartment
• Sketch- I’ve slacked on this again, need to get back on it
• Keep a dream journal
• Have a Halloween Movie Night with friends

There you have it. These are the goals I want to work on during this month. I hope today’s post inspired you to create your goals and visions for this month.

Enjoy the first day of October. I’ll check in with you all later.

Until next time…

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CREATING A READING SPACE

Good morning.


Happy Tuesday. Today I thought I’d talk to you about the topic of reading books. Earlier this month, I devoted myself to a challenge of reading one book for one month. Unfortunately, due to work, school, and other things going on in my life, I have yet to finish reading “Eat. Pray. Love.” That’s ok, I have the entire month of October to do just that.


Have you ever started reading a book, only to stop midway? Do you feel that your environment is causing issues when it comes to reading? Well, today’s post may be able to help you.


TRANSFORM YOUR SPACE: If you are like me, you have more than one bedroom in your living space right? You try to read books in your bedroom, but that results to curling under the covers and falling asleep. Turn one of your extra rooms into a reading room. This is where you can go to read books, have Quiet Time, journal, or just sit in silence. Create the atmosphere so it will inspire you to read.


CREATE A REASING NOOK: So you don’t have an extra room, but you do have a corner that you’ve been trying to figure out what to put in it. Find a comfy chair, a nice side table, a reading lamp, a cozy blanket. There you have it, you own little oasis to get lost in while reading a good book.


CHANGE YOUR ENVIRONMENT: If you can’t transform a room or a nook in your home, then my last tip is to change your environment. Travel to your neighborhood library, go to your favorite coffee shop, call a friend and see if they want to grab a book and hangout somewhere new with you. Just saying, make it fun and make it work for you.


Well, I hope my tips helped you get started with reading. I’ll be back with more tips and tricks on reading books and creating a routine. Look out for another post.


I’ll check in with you all later!


Until next time…

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A DAY IN THE LIFE- UPDATE

Good evening


I’m ending the night with another weekly update. Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, I know I did.


HEALTH: As you all know, my latest visit to the doctor was a major wake-up call. In case you missed it, here is my post about my visit, just click here. I finally told both Mom and Dad about what really happened. They’re both on board at making sure I’m top of my health this go round. I pulled out my health binder when I started my Diabetic Class back in 2018, to use as a guideline for improving my health for the remainder of 2020.


SCHOOL: ONLY 7 MONTHS!!! I love my new class, our instructor gives us questions that really cause us to do some critical thinking. On my last discussion posts, he encouraged me to continue writing the way I’ve been doing. I guess writing really is in my future. I’m doing something right.


PERSONAL GROWTH: So, good news I started reading this month. The bad news, I haven’t finished the book. I’ve come to the conclusion that I am a very slow reader. So my goal of 25 pages a day, I’m still going to keep and work at it, even if it means I finish only one book for the whole month. Also, I downloaded the Fabulous app, and have started practicing small habits. It works, I bought a stainless steel water bottle and have been drinking water in the mornings for the past few days now. Then, due to my health, I went grocery shopping for all healthy items and I’m practicing meal prep and healthy snacking this week. So be on the lookout for some posts about that.


SPIRITUAL GROWTH: I’ve been having Quiet Time in the mornings, but after listening to the reading on Thursday, and listening to InTouch Ministries and Faith Church, God has been speaking to me to change my life around. We had outside service at church today, and even though we couldn’t be in contact with one another, it was powerful to see everyone show up in their cars, and still be able to participate. I’ll have to share the experience with you the next time we do it.


MENTAL: Overall, these past few days have been calm. I had severe headaches this weekend due to my “Monthly Gift” so my original plans for working on my Passion Projects, were replaced with much needed rest. I can’t believe how fast September went by. We only have a few days left, and I’m looking forward to October.


No change in the leaves yet, but it’s coming. Well, time for me to get some rest and call it a night. I’ll see y’all in the morning.


Until next time…

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A BOOK FOR SEPTEMBER

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Good morning

So for the year 2020, one of my goals was to read more books.

I decided to do a reading challenge for the month of September. Since I’ve been reading yoga and learning about finding balance in my life, the first book I’m reading is “Eat. Pray. Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Yes, I know they came out with the movie, so some people are like Gabby, you can just watch it on Netflix can’t you?

I can, but my goal for 2020 is to get back into the healthy habit of reading physical books. Most of my year has been spent behind multiple screens. After work, I take an hour break, but it’s consumed by the screen of my iPad playing games, or my television watching Netflix. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy streaming, but I’m learning that I need to feed my brain good things. For me, that means less screen time, and more creativity time.

Now another question you may want to ask is Gabby, are you going to read the book for the month or are you going to add more books until September is over? The answer at the moment, is I want to add more books for September, but I’m a slow reader so that may change. And If I only read one book for the month of September, then that’s ok. I’ll make that a goal to read and finish one book for one month until I’m able to read more than one book.

We have four months left of 2020 (I say four because we’re just getting started with September so I don’t want to confuse anyone). I have four months to improve on creating good habits, healthy habits that are going to stick with me throughout the years.

Well, hope everyone is off to a great start on this Labor Day! Enjoy, relax, sit back, and be in the moment.

Until next time…

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